MacBooks: out with the old, in with the new

MacBooks: out with the old, in with the new

Summary: Apple today completely revamped their MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks and they've clearly taken the enclosures up another level. The new unibody aluminum enclosures look sleek and professional and the black bezel around the monitor makes the notebooks match the latest iMacs.

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Apple today completely revamped their MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks and they've clearly taken the enclosures up another level. The new unibody aluminum enclosures look sleek and professional and the black bezel around the monitor makes the notebooks match the latest iMacs. The new, aluminum MacBook is especially nice compared to the previous model's cheap-looking, polycarbonate case

Let's take a look how they look at Apple.com:

Old MacBook:

MacBook (Early-2008)

New MacBook:

MacBook (Late-2008)

The old MacBook Pro:

MacBook Pro (Early-2008)

The new MacBook Pro:

MacBook Pro (Late-2008)

What are your thoughts on Apple's new notebook iron? er, aluminum?

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • New designs were needed

    I may actually purchase a new Macbook now. The old Macbook and MacBook Pro were looking old and I disliked both. The iMac was attractive so its nice to see the new designs looking similar and equally attactive. The new shell technology sounds awesome. I really hope the keyboard is as good as the Air's because I think the previous gen keyboards were the weakest part of the whole package.
    andrewjg
    • Agree about the keyboard...

      I never liked the keyboards on their laptops. To see "chicklet" keys like the old TRS-80 Color Computer on an expensive sleek laptop just seems VERY wrong. They never felt right to me, either. I hope they changed the keyboards to be more in line with their "premium" focus.
      BillDem
      • At first sight I found the keyboards off putting...

        Then I bought one. I found to my surprise that I liked it.
        Liked it very much. The keys have some space between
        them making it far less likely to hit another key by accident
        weather you are doing traditional typing or hunt n peck.
        What I did not realize is that traditional laptop keys were
        actually to squished together until I gave an alternative a
        try.

        I also like the slim keyboards Apple produces now.

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
  • I was going to comment about the store

    How the most expensive Mac Book Pro was still running DDR2 and an 8600 GT for a graphics card at $2700.

    Not that Apple isn't a bit over priced at times, but generally when they do an update, they don't put a pile like that as the top dog.
    nucrash
  • Multi-touch trackpad: gimmick or useful feature?

    The thought of having to use gestures with 4 fingers on a small trackpad (as opposed to a touch screen display) sounds absolutely nightmarish in terms of UI usefulness. Multi-touch on the iPhone is a total joke and actually makes things like zooming [b]more[/b] difficult than it is on other devices, especially if one-handed operation is important to you. One-handed operation isn't a concern on a laptop so I will try this out in the store but I'm prepared to be completely underwhelmed.

    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00mKTEqnzbs] Multi-touch on a Tablet though [/url], like is available in the Windows world, is far more useful. Don't worry Apple fans, since multi-touch tablets are just becoming available for us in the Windows world, you guys should get them in about 5 years when Jobs will start claiming to have invented it. :)
    NonZealot
    • Actually I find my iTouch very useful and love

      the multi. I can't imagine having to use one hand to zoom.
      Under what circumstance would that be needed? Are you
      driving.... there are words for that. You can't be using the
      phone feature if you are looking to zoom. Just what are you
      doing that that other hand and trying to zoom to what!?! I
      wonder.... hmmmmmmm:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • Maybe Apple with make an iPod just for you NonZ

      the uTouch i think.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • "but I'm prepared to be completely underwhelmed"

      No, you? You're kidding. An Apple product would
      underwhelm you?

      Well I never....
      mlindl
    • NonZealot... Idiot or... super Zealot...

      You are the first person o say multi-touch on the
      iPhone/iPod Touch is a total joke. This make it perfectly
      obvious to all you have never even used it. I have yet to see
      easy zooming on any handheld device using a single hand,
      so yet again...

      I am voting for both. Idiot and super Zealot.
      Bruizer
  • $1299. Don't see the value

    The low end White macbook for $999 has a faster processor. Don't see the addtional value of the $1299 machine.
    BJNJ
    • Well the graphics are much better in the

      $1299 model also the hard drive is bigger granted not much.
      mrlinux
    • You also pick up DDR3 memory sub-system.

      Don't know how much that will buy in real performance but
      the new Graphics chip will really make applications like
      Aperture usable on the MacBook where they simply did not
      do well on previous MacBooks.
      Bruizer
  • From one button to no buttons

    Boy, the two-button (or more) crowd is yust gonna go nuts!
    Userama
  • RE: MacBooks: out with the old, in with the new

    Here's all you need to know about new Notebooks:
    http://tinyurl.com/newNotebooks

    Recommended configurations and good and bad that comes with choosing them.
    smilajkov